So, Validation begins this year on the 20th.
What does that mean? It means that those people who have already crossed the 50k line can go ahead and get their purple winner’s bar.
Now, I (MLHGL) suggest that as soon as the validator opens up that you go ahead and run your main word count file through it. You’re probably wondering why. It is quite honestly because until the validator opens up, you have no idea if your word count method will line up with the NaNo validator. Yes this is a valid concern. Every program counts words differently, and the NaNo Validation Bot is no different. Personally, I like to see how bad the gap is as early as possible so that I can make sure that I don’t get a nasty surprise when I do my final validation in the last couple of hours on the 30th.
I have seen it happen, and I highly suggest that you check the validity of your count as early as possible so that you’re already in possession of a pretty accurate estimation of how many words your counter is off in relation to the NaNo Bot. (I tend to be as close to a thousand as I can manage when I check my count. I’ve been known to copy and paste out the words from above the nearest thousand down to the three zeros so I can tell exactly how far off the count is.)
Take it from a NaNoVeteran who has been around for 13 NaNoSeasons. Validate every day from when it opens to the end of NaNoWriMo.